Colourful, traditional sailing craft look part in the 17th Dragao de Mar (Sea Dragon) race off Fortaleza in Ceara State, Brazil on July 8.
GV PAN Fortaleza beach with people and yachts
SVs People look on (3 shots)
SV PULL BACK GVs Race begins, rafts set sail (3 shots)
AVs Race in progress (4 shots)
SVs People watch as boats return to shore (3 shots)
SV Winner presented with trophy and holds aloft
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Background: Colourful, traditional sailing craft look part in the 17th Dragao de Mar (Sea Dragon) race off Fortaleza in Ceara State, Brazil on July 8. The vessels known as 'Jangadas' are used by fishermen from the northeast of the country. Originally made of wood logs, planks are now used and the design has become more sophisticated. Each raft carries a crew of four. The name 'Dragon' derives from the nickname of Francisco Nascimento, the local leader of the slave liberation movement in the 1880's. Ceara state was the first in Brazil to liberate slaves in 1884. This was followed nationally in 1888. Each Jangada raft is sponsored in the race by a company who pays for the colourful sail. The boats covered a distance of more than five miles. One hundred and fifty two Jangadas participated, and the winner 'Rita De Cassio' completed the course in 55 minutes. The victors were presented with a cup and 110,000 cruzeiros (70 US dollars).